Nacogdoches Police detective Mark Lollar wants you to know about popular scams, so you won't be scammed. "You see a stamp from Nigeria or Canada, and then it's handwritten -- automatically becomes suspicious. When you open your envelope, you're going to see a big fat check," said Lollar as he held up a recent one presented to him by a Nacogdoches County potential victim.
The checks are sometimes for as much as $6,000 or more. A letter instructs you to cash it in and send a portion back for a half a million dollar lottery prize. Don't believe it. Don't cash it. It's a fake. Lollar said, "By the time the check makes its rounds and it's found this is a counterfeit check, that customer has spent most of the money." And the victim is left with the responsibility of paying the bank back.